Capacitybuilders offers grants to improve third sector resource centres

Applications to Capital Investment Programme close on 24 December

Local resource centres for charities and voluntary groups in England can apply for grants of up to £30,000 to make improvements to their premises under the latest round of small awards from infrastructure body Capacitybuilders

The non-departmental public body's £2m Capital Investment Programme opened for applications this week.

Capacitybuilders will award grants for improvements to premises aimed at developing the availability, quality or accessibility of accommodation or facilities for charities. Projects relating to challenges facing the sector because of the recession will receive priority.

Applications, which will be assessed every month, close on 24 December. Priority will be given to those received by 14 December.

Capacitybuilders is finalising awards totalling up to £5m under the 2009 programme.

Matt Leach, chief executive of Capacitybuilders, said: "We recognise that the recession has increased the level of demand for services offered by third sector organisations - such as volunteer brokerage services, which have seen an unprecedented increase in footfall and enquiries as unemployment rises.

"We want the funding to complement other investment, with a focus on the role local resource centres can play in improving the support and advice available for front-line organisations."

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